Taser Used on Samurai Sword-Wielding Man

The man was yelling profanities and swinging the swords in a busy shopping center

Taser Used on Samurai Sword-Wielding Man

Southern Counties News Service
Police examine two samurai-style swords taken from a man who was swinging them outside of a Santa Ana restaurant on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

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A man wielding two samurai swords in a Santa Ana, Calif., shopping center was zapped with a stun gun by police Friday night after he refused to put down the blades, police said.

Police responded to numerous 911 calls about a man swinging two large samurai-style swords in a busy shopping center along Harbor Boulevard near McFadden Avenue about 11:15 p.m., according to a Santa Ana Police Department watch commander.

After refusing commands to put down the sharp 19- and 27-inch swords and yelling profanities, officers used a Taser the man and brought him and the swords under control, police said.

The man, who police only identified as an adult male, was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for psychological evaluation.

No one was injured by the swords, police said.

Nursing home resident dead after confrontation with police

 

A 95-year-old resident of an Illinois nursing home died early Saturday, hours after being shocked with a Taser and bean bag rounds in a confrontation with police.

Authorities said John Warna was a resident at Victory Centre of Park Forest, on the 100 block of South Main Street in the south suburb. He was threatening paramedics and staff with a cane and a metal shoehorn when police arrived at the complex, they said.

Police said they struck him with a Taser and bean bag rounds after he threatened officers with a 12-inch butcher knife.

Warna was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, where he later died.

A cause of death was not released by Saturday evening.